Glenn Beck has now decided to tell you what church to go to. In a recent episode, reports Politics Daily, Beck tells listeners to leave churches that preach social justice, equating efforts to help the needy with fascism and communism.Read the rest of Glenn Beck now telling you what church to attend.
Rebecca Sager is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has recently published work from her dissertation on state level "faith-based" practices including, Faith, Politics, and Power: The Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives (Oxford University Press, 2009), “The Cultural Construction of State Sponsored Religion: Race, Politics, and State Implementation of the Faith-Based Initiative” in The Journal of Church and State (2007), and “The Importance of Faith-Based Liaisons” in Sociology of Religion (2007). Rebecca is working on several research projects, including a new project looking at the role of evangelicals within the Democratic Party.
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Since the release last week of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ detailed and lengthy report (pdf) on the state of US engagement with religious communities at large, and its religious freedom agenda more broadly, there has been a sharp increase in attention to the role of religion in US foreign policy. The report itself argues that, because of the officially secular nature of US foreign relations, the government has failed to make connections with many countries in which the boundary between religion and affairs of state does not exist as such.Read the rest of On the role of religion in U.S. foreign policy.
We try to understand the relationship between economics and nearly every other demographic characteristic, so why not religion? This chart from GOOD, in collaboration with Column Five Media, breaks down the main religious groups in the US by income.Read the rest of Economic breakdown by religious group.
Late last week, the Brookings Institute convened a day-long conference marking the tenth anniversary of the faith-based initiative. Josh DuBois, current head of the new White House Faith and Neighborhood Council, kicked off the conference by discussing the latest White House efforts and arguing that these would mark a new kind of faith-based initiative. However, while he stressed the differences between the Bush and Obama White House efforts, there has been little actual evidence of these differences.Read the rest of From Bush to Obama, the faith-based initiative is still all politics.
Religious leaders have long been involved in political debates, social movements, and policy discussions. In a recent piece in on The Dallas Morning News‘s Religion Blog, Wayne Slater wonders whether or not the Supreme Court’s recent decision on campaign finance could change the way religious organizations interact with the political world by allowing them to directly endorse candidates.Read the rest of Religious groups and political endorsements.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has urged the President to not attend the National Prayer Breakfast, reports the Huffington Post.Read the rest of Obama urged to skip National Prayer Breakfast.
In Lancaster, CA, many argue that Mayor R. Rex Parris is attempting to make the town a “Christian” community by supporting a ballot initiative that would make prayer—including prayer invoking a specific deity—mandatory at all city meetings.Read the rest of Mayor of southern California city wants to make town a “Christian Community”.